David E. Stocking
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — David Edward Stocking “Bucky,” 81, of Center Street, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, April 11, 2013, in A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
He was born on June 10, 1931, in Springfield Center, son of the late William and Dorthea I. Church Stocking. Bucky was raised and educated in Springfield Center.
On Dec. 25, 1951, he was united in marriage with the former Virginia Tero in Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, Springfield Center.
It was that same year he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he proudly served for 20 years being honorably discharged in 1971, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. Upon completing his military career, he went to work for Titan Homes in Sangerfield, retiring in 1993 after 20 years of dedicated service.
Mr. Stocking was a member of American Legion Post No. 616 Richfield Springs. In his leisure time he enjoyed woodworking and spent many hours in his shed making many different kinds of bird houses.
To all who knew Bucky, he was a warm hearted gentleman and devoted family man. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his many friends and family especially his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed.
Surviving him are his loving wife of 61 years, Virginia; one son, David A. Stocking of Fort Plain; two daughters and their husbands, Terri and Michael Morton of Burlington Flats and Cheryl and Harry Coones of Schuyler Lake; two sisters, Helen Duncan and her husband, Ray of Richfield Springs and Kathy Eckler of Worcester; eight grandchildren, Sonya Buck, Heather Thomas, Jolene Stocking, Tamara Hynes, Trista Bartl, Michael Morton, Nicole Oden and Peyton Coones; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, William Oakley Stocking and Dusty Lane Stocking; a sister, Betty Searles; one grandson, David Stocking; and daughter-in-law, Deborah Bunn Stocking.
Calling hours for Mr. Stocking will be in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs from 1 to 3 and 5 until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral service will follow immediately after the visiting hours at 6:30 p.m.
Interment with military honors will be later this spring in Springfield Center Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.